Saving SEC East-West rivalries


Florida quarterback Trey Burton scores a touchdown during the first half of the Gators' football game against LSU in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.

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Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
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There is no easy answer. If there was, well, it would be done.

But every year we look at the schedules in the SEC and shake our heads at how hard and how easy some teams have it.

In the SEC, every team has a partner in the other division. You play that team every year. That was done to keep rivalries like Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia alive.




The other two opponents from the other division rotate.

Of course, this leads to unbalanced scheduling.

Georgia this year gets Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Florida gets Alabama and Auburn.

Florida is stuck with LSU every year, which was great in the 1990s, but not so great since.

The thing is, I don't know how to fix it, and knowing Mike Slive, if there was a way to fix it he would have done it.

I'm not sure we need to preserve those cross-division rivalries, but I'm not a Tennessee or Alabama fan. It's still a big game for them.

Every five years, Florida is faced with the LSU-Alabama-Auburn trio. The last time it happened, Florida won the national title. So maybe it doesn't need fixing.

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